I am currently planning the next set of workshops which will take place in the next few months. If you are interested in attending, please register your email address below. Once dates and locations are confirmed I will be in touch with details.
Baby Sleep - What's normal? Coping with Sleep Disruption
Our society has very unrealistic expectations of infant sleep, sleeping/feeding cycles and when sleep matures into longer sleep stretches or sleeping through the night. Most of these expectations are very different from what is normal physiological sleep for a baby, and this can create difficulty between expectation and reality. This workshop will look at what research says is normal for baby sleep, how sleep/wake cycles change over time and at ways that we can cope best with sleep disruption.
The 4th Trimester
This workshop is aimed at families with babies under 4 months. It will cover normal baby behaviour, how breastfeeding looks and how it changes during this period, growth spurts and problem solving any issues. It will also look at cultural expectations vs normal baby physiology around sleep, feeding, and extended family expectations.
Breastfeeding and Reflux
Reflux is very often misdiagnosed in young babies, with large numbers of babies being placed on medication when it is not needed. The workshop will cover what reflux is and why there has been a surge in the diagnosis of reflux in the last 25 years. It will look at symptoms which need investigated, common situations which are misdiagnosed, and what happens in the stomach and the oesophagus during reflux. It will also cover root causes of reflux symptoms and how to resolve them naturally. To find out more about my approach you can read my blogs on reflux here: http://mammaeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/reflux-and-breastfeeding.html http://mammaeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/breastfeeding-reflux-stomach-acid-gut.html
Breastfeeding & Allergies
Allergy rates are rising in babies, the most prevalent of which is dairy, and many families find themselves querying allergy although symptoms may not be serious enough to have referral to the allergy clinic. Many breastfeeding mothers find themselves cutting things out of their own diet without guidance to test their instincts about food reactions. This workshop will look at what allergy is and what the research says about it. It will cover information about the link between mum's diet and what passes into breastmilk and why some babies react and others do not, and how babies can be sensitised. It will cover symptoms of allergy vs what may be normal fussy behaviour and how to identify what your baby may be reacting to.
My blog on breastfeeding and Food Hyersensitivity can be found here: http://mammaeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/breastfeeding-food-intolerance-allergy.html
Breastfeeding & Fertility
Breastfeeding suppresses our fertility to different amounts in different women. While some women find it very easy to get pregnant while breastfeeding, others struggle and find that they have to modify their baby/toddler's feeding pattern significantly in order to establish a regular healthy menstrual cycle and to get pregnant. This workshop looks at how breastfeeding affects the menstrual cycle, how you can track your cycles in order to understand the effect breastfeeding is having on your hormones, and how to use that information to help in your family planning. It looks at what is physiological child spacing and the biology of child spacing. It also covers the safety and risks of breastfeeding in pregnancy.
My blog on breastfeeding and fertility can be found here: http://mammaeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/breastfeeding-fertility-and_13.html